Many photographers love spending time in the outdoors, photographing the natural world. But not everyone can sustain their passion into a full-time job. Watch this video to learn how one landscape photographer makes money with his craft.
A few years ago, Dave Morrow quit his job as a Boeing aerospace engineer to fully immerse himself in photography. Now, he's a full-time, traveling landscape and night-sky photographer. Morrow spends nine months out of the year exploring and photographing the natural world. But how does he sustain this lifestyle in a saturated genre of photography?
One major thing Morrow did when he quit his job and transitioned to a full-time landscape photographer was writing a contract with himself. Morrow did this in order to help keep himself on the path of a structured business that didn't feel like a job or business at all. The contract sticks to three main principles: no website advertising, no YouTube advertising, and no wasting time on things he does not 100 percent love or stand behind.
I think advertising is an interesting aspect to running a landscape photography, or any photography, business. I find that many photographers, myself included, spend countless hours (on social media in particular), advertising their work, workshops, portfolio, and website. Sometimes self-promotion feels like a business in itself. By not investing time in advertising his work and self-promotion, Morrow can focus more on fine-tuning his craft.
Not advertising your work sounds slightly ironic to me, though. How will people find out about your services and your images if they aren't aware? Watch the insightful video to hear the answer to this question and for more tips on how to make money as a landscape photographer.